I gave Front Row Motorsports a hard time after they purchased points to ensure that all three of their teams had guaranteed spots in the first five races and I've got to give them a bit of credit for keeping all three in the top 35, albeit barely. The Front Row cars are 33rd, 34th and 35th in the standings, and thanks to a swap between David Gilliland and Kevin Conway at Martinsville, Travis Kvapil's car is actually the one on the bubble.
Robby Gordon is the first car out of the top 35 and has a pretty good chance to knock Conway out of the top 35 if he can be better than miserable over the next few weeks. No one was expecting Robby to make the Chase (and if you were, you're crazy or related to him) but this is probably a little worse than most were expecting from Robby.
Mike Bliss is in 37th, just 66 points behind Kvapil and 12 behind Gordon, thanks to Tommy Baldwin Racing's perserverance to run the distance in all of the races they've qualified for and if Bliss can get some luck, he's got a chance to jump into the top 35 as well. Bliss and TBR are tied with the Latitude 43 team, which bought Jamie McMurray's old owner points from a year ago. Latitude 43 wasn't on the primary Phoenix entry list, but was added later, and as of now, they are still attempting to run the full schedule with a combination of David Stremme and Boris Said.
Of the three cars just ahead of the Front Row cars in the owner's standings, perhaps Sam Hornish in 30th is the most surprising. Hornish has had many moments of competence this season, looking like the best driver with sideburns for brief stretches, but thanks to Paul Menard's (unexplainable?) run so far in 2010, Hornish has a lot of work to do.